Ang pagiging battered child ang isa sa mga rebelasyon ni Bret Jackson nang sumali siya noon sa Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash 2010, ngunit hindi masyadong lumaki ang balita.
Ang masakit na karanasan na pinagdaanan niya sa mga kamay ng sariling ina, noong 8 years old hanggang 16 years old siya, ang ikinuwento ni Bret nang makausap siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa cast party ng Darkroom, ang horror movie ng Viva Films na pinagbibidahan niya.
Ang pagiging battered child ang dahilan kaya naranasan ni Bret na manirahan sa isang bahay-ampunan sa Amerika noong 17 years old siya.
Sa kabila ng mga traumatic experience niya, hindi raw nawalan ng pag-asa si Bret.
Lahad niya, “When I was younger, even if I don’t go to church all the time, I’m still like... I think of God.
“I was, like, God, Ikaw ang bahala. I know You’re there even if I’m going through hard times.
“I feel like You’re there that’s why every day, when I wake up, sa set or sa mga mall show ko, and I see the people screaming my name and stuff like that, I never not say thank you to God.
“I say, 'Thank you. You didn’t have to give me this life, pero thank you so much.'”
Patuloy ni Bret, “I’ve talked about it before [being a battered child].
“I mean, it’s not something that has been put in the news so much.”
LETTING GO OF THE PAST. Ang pinakamahirap daw para kay Bret noon ay tuwing sasapit ang Kapaskuhan.
Saad niya, “I watched all my friends having dinner, family gatherings, and I never had that.
“But then, at the same time, my life is not the hardest in the world.
“There’s so many people that go through so much more than I do
“I passed it. That’s a part of my life and that happened to me.
“It’s not okay, but the thing is, everyone deals with things differently.
“Ako naman, I always thought... I felt like there’s always something bigger for me. I never lost faith…”
Dagdag ni Bret, “There’s a lot of people that would say, 'Parents are wrong. Oh, you did this, so you’re a bad person.'
“I think every person goes through something on their own.
“Life always throw different challenges and it’s up to the person to deal with it.
“Some people deal with it the wrong way.
“My mom deal with it in the wrong way, and the thing is ayos na ako.
“I don’t hold it against her. Wala na akong resentments sa mommy ko.
“I wanna focus on my career. I wanna focus on my goals.
“At the end of the day, what I want to say to any battered children or anyone that‘s gone through things that I’ve gone through is that, don’t hate the world. Don’t hate your life.
“You still have a chance no matter what. I just hope and pray everyone will be like that.”
Napatawad na raw ni Bret ang kanyang ina.
Kung sakali raw magkita sila nang hindi sinasadya, magkukuwento siya tungkol sa mga nangyayari ngayon sa kanya.
“I would just say... I would just tell her all the things happening to me.
“I wouldn’t talk about the past. Past is past…”
Sampung taon na raw hindi nakikita at nakakausap ni Bret ang kanyang ina.